Category: Newness of Life

New Life from Old Stumps

Today’s post is based on chapter 16 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon. Get your copy this week for $2.99!

How is new life rising from old stumps in your current season?

What I’ve learned about stumps in the past 12 years of living in the woods is this:

New life will always sprout up if roots are intact.

The roots of our trees run deep, fifty feet or more.  Those roots enable the trees to leaf out season after season, bringing newness of life year after year.  Unless the roots are permanently severed, the power of life will keep pushing forward.

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A Time for War, A Time for Peace

Today’s post is based on chapter 15 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon.  Get your copy today for $2.99!

At the dinner table this week, I considered how to tell a story about personal conflict in a way my children would understand.

I posed this scenario:

Suppose you are sitting in math class.  Your teacher singles you out in front of everyone and says, “You stink at math!”  You know it’s not true, and your teacher is being mean for no good reason.  What would you do?
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How to Love A Bully

Today’s post is based on chapter 14 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon.  Get your copy for $2.99 this week!

In my current season, I face a bully almost every day.  A person who makes every interaction unpleasant.  A person who doesn’t own their bully status, but fights with snarky words and subtle put-downs.  A person who does all they can to convey the message that I’m unwanted, unappreciated, and better off somewhere else.

This bully gives me the perfect opportunity for a time to love even when it’s hard.  Over time I’ve adopted  five practices for showing love to this bully.

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A Time to Keep, A Time to Throw Away

Today’s post is based on chapter 11 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon.  Get your copy this week for only $1.99!

I am a keeper.  Not one to throw away.  I’m so sentimental, it’s hard to let things go.

Yet “there is a time to throw away,” and last year I learned how to make it fun and family-oriented.

Each spring and autumn for the past 10 years, I have sold my children’s clothing at a large consignment sale.  I can’t host a yard sale at my home’s remote location, so I haul everything to town and make several hundred dollars from one weekend of effort.

My in-laws live along a route known as the “100-Mile Yard Sale.”  Last year, my mother-in-law urged me to sell my stuff at her house to increase my profits (the consignment sale retains 30% or more).

We conducted a plan to rid our home of all baby items and old toys, once and for all.  

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